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Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes

The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

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EU extends liner shipping antitrust exemption for 4 years

EU extends liner shipping antitrust exemption for 4 years

The EU on Tuesday prolonged for another four years the regulation outlining conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint services without infringing EU antitrust rules.

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Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy

Coronavirus: EU set to relax state aid rules to support Europe's economy

The EU Commission sent a proposal to Member States Monday for a temporary state aid framework to support Europe's businesses in the context of the shocks the corona virus is causing to the economy.

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Brussels imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

Brussels imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

The EU Commission decided Wednesday to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of steel road wheels originating in China, to be in place as of tomorrow and to remain in place for a 5-year period.

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State aid for Beziers airport, Ryanair link in EU probe

State aid for Beziers airport, Ryanair link in EU probe

The European Commission opened an investigation Monday into whether operating aid granted to Béziers airport in France and marketing agreements with Ryanair are in line with EU State aid rules.

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 EU tells Romania to recover EUR 570m 'incompatible aid' from rail freight operator CFR Marfa

EU tells Romania to recover EUR 570m 'incompatible aid' from rail freight operator CFR Marfa

Rail freight operator CFR Marfa received at least EUR 570m 'incompatible state aid' from Romania through debt write-off and failure to collect debts from the company, the EU Commission said Monday.

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Proposed savings from Chrysler-Peugeot merger look unlikely and UK may bear brunt

Commenting on the merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, John Colley, Associate Dean of Warwick Business School and an expert on company mergers, said:

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Brussels probes German grants to public casinos

Brussels probes German grants to public casinos

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday to assess whether the special tax treatment of public casinos operators in Germany is in line with EU State aid rules.

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EU greenlights EUR 3.2 billion battery research project

EU greenlights EUR 3.2 billion battery research project

The European Commission approved Monday under EU state aid rules a 'Common European interest' project jointly notified by seven EU Member States to support research and innovation in batteries.

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French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

French retailers Casino, Intermarché in EU antitrust probe

The EU Commission opened an antitrust investigation Monday to assess whether the French retail groups Casino and Intermarché breached EU competition rules by coordinating their conduct in the market.

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US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

US chipmaker ordered by EU to stop 'anticompetitive practices'

Broadcom, the world's leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, must stop applying exclusivity provisions in agreements with its top customers, the Commission ordered Wednesday.

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EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel

The EU Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of EUR 31,647,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

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EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

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Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU

France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

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Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'

The EU Commission fined US tech giant Qualcomm EUR 242 million Thursday, for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets, sold below cost with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market.

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EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

The Commission opened a formal investigation Wednesday into whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers selling on its 'marketplace' breaches EU competition rules.

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State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

The EU Commission opened a probe Monday into whether Spain's granting EUR 20.7m of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo, Spain is in line with EU rules on regional state aid.

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EU blocks ThyssenKrupp-Tata Steel joint venture

EU blocks ThyssenKrupp-Tata Steel joint venture

The EU Commission gave the thumbs down Tuesday to a proposed joint venture between major steelmakers Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, saying it would have reduced competition and increased prices.

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Banks fined over EUR 1bn for foreign exchange cartel

Banks fined over EUR 1bn for foreign exchange cartel

The EU Commission fined five banks - Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG - EUR 1.07 billion Thursday for taking part in two cartels in the Spot Foreign Exchange market for 11 currencies.

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InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules

InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules

The EU Commission fined Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer brewer, some EUR 200 million Monday for breaching EU antitrust rules through its actions in hampering cross-border sales of beer.

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